Sharpen Your Skates: Outdoor Ice Skating Season Begins
November 21, 2013

As the colder weather creeps in, anticipation builds for anyone who loves to ice skate outdoors. It’s one of the pleasures of living in New England in winter. On those special days when snow is falling, holiday music is playing, and lights are twinkling, there is something magical about the experience. In the Boston area, we’re lucky to have several spots to skate.

The picture-perfect Frog Pond ice rink is hoping to open in the next week or so. A new compressor is being installed and rink repairs are being made. Check the website for updates. Starting on December 7, the Ice Skating Club of Boston begins its weekly basic skills class at the Frog Pond, so now is a good time to register to secure a spot for any beginners in the family. Classes are for ages 4 and up and run Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays.

On November 25, the Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline opens. Kids can use crates here for balance. In addition to the rink, the 64-acre property draws sledders to its numerous hills when there is enough snow.

The City of Boston’s only other outdoor ice venue, Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain, opens on November 27. (There are plenty of year-round indoor rinks the city runs, as well.) This rink also lets kids learning to skate use milk crates, a nice perk for parents.

The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square builds a 2,900-square foot rink on its patio each season. It’s open to both the public and hotel guests. Check the website for its opening date.

Community Ice Skating @ Kendall Square, a seasonal ice skating rink in the heart of Kendall Square, plans to open mid-December. The rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and a cafe serves hot drinks and snacks.

As always, call or check websites for conditions and hours. Rinks sometimes get booked for special events, hockey games, and lessons.

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